Jason S.W. Lem

Jason Lem, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, made his first video, Running Red Lights, through the 2004 Queer Youth Digital Video Project at Charles Street Video and Inside Out – Toronto’s LGBT Film and Video Festival. Since its premier at Inside Out at the Royal Ontario Museum, it has also screened at an LGBT conference at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto; premiered in the U.S. at Image OUT - Rochester's Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival; and, is distributed to high schools through Out On Screen - Vancouver’s LGBT Film Festival. Jason was named a 2005 Talent Showcase Featured Artist on the Chinese Canadian Culture Online Project website for his first video. In 2015, Running Red Lights was selected by to be a part of the launch of a new online catalogue of LGBT Canadian moving image art. The short screened at Queer Geographies of the Queen City: Moving Out of the Archives at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre during Toronto's 2015 Pride celebrations in a curated program alongside works by John Greyson, Deepa Mehta and Richard Fung.

As a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow, Jason was named one of 25 emerging city-building leaders in Toronto by CivicAction. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto; an MA from McMaster University; and, spent nearly 7 years working in social policy development in government, before completing an MPA at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is currently a Management Consultant based in New York City.


running red lights

2004, 06:00 minutes, colour, English